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Another Killer Virus...

From: Lawrence A. Parker (occti)
Date: Mon May 22 2000 - 07:28:10 PDT

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    Another Killer Virus

    There's another one out there a VBScript work. It arrives attached to an
    e-mail with "FW:" and a random message in the subject line. The attachment
    is also a random name. When you open it, it will do nasty things: copy
    itself, replace files, delete files, etc.

    Again, this might be a good excuse to remind your staff to practice "good
    computer hygiene."

    First, install AND USE! a high-quality virus checker the best ones are
    those which are updated on at least a monthly basis. There are several
    industry leaders from which to choose:
    * Symantec's Norton AntiVirus (
    * Cheyenne Inoculan
    * McAfee VirusScan
    These are available over the internet directly from the manufacturer or from
    computer stores such as CompUSA and Best Buy.

    Other ways you can protect yourself from damage include:
    * Perform periodic back-ups of all your data; the schedule depends on how
    much you can lose (can you lose an entire month of data and not feel too
    much pain? How about a week? A day?)
    * Most viruses come through e-mail attachments. Never open an attachment
    unless you are sure of the sender (and even then, it's not always safe!).
    Always save it to disk instead of opening it directly so that your virus
    checker has a change to scan it. Set your virus checker to scan all
    attachments before they are open.

    Lawrence A. Parker
    Philosopher/Educational Consultant
    The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction
    Truth, Honor and Courage


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